Is it okay to have fun when you get older?

Philippines
May 21, 2012 2:36am CST
Kids have it easy when it's time to have fun. It is so natural for them to find ways to have fun in everything they do. As people grow older, people tend to be more serious in life and many people would even consider having fun as childish. How about you, do you think you have to say farewell to fun when you grow up or do you think having fun is so necessary for our general health of mind and body no matter what age you are in?
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@Mashnn (4503)
21 May 12
It will depends on what type of fun that someone is having. Every age has it appropriate developmental task and what is expected of that age. If you overdo it you will most likely end up looking like a moron. That is why it is important to know where you falls.
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• United States
21 May 12
Who decides what kind of fun is age appropriate, especially once you have become an adult? People have different personalities and interests, so what might be fun for one person might be boring to another no matter what age either person might happen to be. Also, looking like an idiot from time to time, especially if you are having fun, is not necessarily a bad thing. My little one made me a tissue-paper flower in pre-school, and she wanted me to put it in my hair, which I did. Then, we held hands and skipped down the sidewalk towards the truck. I am sure that there were other parents there that thought I looked like an idiot, because they would never think of doing such a thing, especially not in public. However, my little one and I were laughing and having a great time, so I really don't care if other people think I looked like an idiot.
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• Philippines
24 May 12
Yes, it seems that for more mature people having fun has some limitations to avoid being considered foolish. But just like purplealabaster's example, there are many cases wherein it doesn't matter at all what others think when the mature person acts in a child-like way that makes others and oneself happier. I guess younger generations have more freedom to have fun, but I don't think older generations should stop having fun altogether just because others would think of them negatively. But of course, what types of fun is also an issue because acting like a moron that shows only a weak mind would be laughable.
@Mashnn (4503)
25 May 12
Purplealbaster, there are things that you child can do as a routine that you cannot do. For example; what you did with your child was only because you child told you to do it and I do not think it is something that you can do by yourself. By your argument, you are basically telling me that there is no limitation in life. If I may ask you, what do you think is the purpose of development stages/aging in life? Betterdays4me, I do not say adults or older people should not have fun but have fun which equals your maturity.
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@topffer (33192)
• France
21 May 12
I think it is in the nature of people : some are born serious, and some are less serious. I have more experience and I have different opinions than when I was 20, but I am still 20 in my brain, and I need to have some fun times to times. And I have never read that an adult has to be serious 24/24 : it would not be considered like a normal behavior to be serious like an undertaker for New Year's Eve or during a wedding breakfast...
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• United States
21 May 12
You have fun from time to time ... say it isn't so! I have never known you to be anything but completely and totally serious ... except on those times when you weren't, of course.
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• Philippines
24 May 12
It seems both of you knows each other very well. I definitely would not want to be so serious in special occasions like New Year! Looking at both of your numbers, it seems like both of you joined mylot probably at almost the same time with topffer having (4525) while purplealabaster at (4002).so I can only bet you already had a lot of discussions with each other :)
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• United States
24 May 12
LOL! Yes, Top and I have known each other for quite a while, and we have definitely had a lot of discussions with each other. I believe that although Top has a user rating that is over 500 more than mine, I joined myLot first. I would also guess that even though my user rating is lower, I have reached payout more times than he has, which only goes to show that you can't go by user rating to tell you how active a person is or how much they are earning on here. In addition, I have to say that I tend to be much sillier than Top, although I have seen him be quite funny and playful, especially when playing Scrabble and a couple of other games.
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• United States
21 May 12
I think that having fun is definitely essential for our health - mentally, physically and emotionally. Even health professionals say that having a positive attitude and laughing can help to improve a person's overall health. Of course, that is not a "magic cure" any more than any other one thing would be, but it definitely should be as much a part of a person's routine as eating healthy and exercising, in my opinion.
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• Philippines
28 May 12
I say amen to that! I too believe that having fun affects one's health in a very big way. It's actually difficult to imagine a person who has a lot of fun and is at the same time terminally sick. Fun people are mostly healthy people in all areas.
• India
24 May 12
When I was older I can do all the simple silly things which can bring fun fro me. It doesn't matter me much and no one questions about it but as i come older I cannot make fun or everything thing becuase we people are matured and we should be very polite and make fun with little serious on ourselves. Otherwise this will make us to criticized by others
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• Philippines
28 May 12
Yes I guess it depends on what kind of fun we are talking about. I also believe there are silly things that are fun and is not appropriate for older people, but there are a lot of fun things that older people can do without having to undergo criticisms from other people...like acting like a moron, go bungy jumping, acting like a monkey...of course I only having fun here :D Seriously, I mean activities like continuing to play sports that you like, enjoy swimming, watching movies, watching cartoons that has some values and lessons, playing frisbie, skipping rope, playing civil computer games, go bowling, play billiards, and a lot more.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
21 May 12
I think it is fine to have fun when one gets older. I am 66 and I hope I can continue to have fun for a long time. There are lots of ways to have fun so having fun now may be different than when I was eight say but it is still having fun.
• Philippines
28 May 12
Hi stealthy, your username makes me think of the word "stay healthy" and I wish it for you. I agree that usually the word fun changes in it's nature while we get older. When I was young, my idea of fun was very different compared to now as I am already in my middle age. I play tennis and I have seen members in our tennis club who still plays at the age of 60s, 70s and even 80s so I believe these people knows how to have fun even in their old age. I plan to play tennis until I reach 90 and beyond :D
@mythociate (14978)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 Apr 13
Kind of; but--just like your parents/guardians stopped you from having TOO MUCH fun when you were young--you have to stop the fun yourself now ... making you a bit of a 'wet blanket.'
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
30 May 12
I think no, as long as you want to have fun even when you are old, go ahead. You are old because of your age but you have a heart by a child. Having fun no matter what your age it can give some benefits for your health. As I always say, have a balance SELF. L stands for Leisure.